leather

noun
leath·​er | \ ˈle-t͟hər How to pronounce leather (audio) \

Definition of leather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : animal skin dressed for use
2 : the flap of the ear of a dog — see dog illustration
3 : something wholly or partly made of leather

leather

verb
leathered; leathering\ ˈle-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce leathering (audio) , ˈlet͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of leather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with leather
2 : to beat with a strap : thrash

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Other Words from leather

Noun

leather adjective
leatherlike \ ˈle-​t͟hər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce leatherlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for leather

Synonyms: Noun

hide, skin

Synonyms: Verb

birch, cowhide, flagellate, flail, flog, hide, horsewhip, lash, rawhide, scourge, slash, switch, tan, thrash, whale, whip

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Examples of leather in a Sentence

Noun

the company claims to use only the finest leathers for its shoes and handbags this jacket was made from real leather

Verb

an expert rider will find almost no reason to leather a horse
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aesthetically, the main dining room will remain relatively unchanged, outside of some polish being added to wood surfaces, leather booths being re-upholstered and maybe a widening of the dining room and entryway area. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Tosca Cafe to reopen with new owners Nancy Oakes, Anna Weinberg and Ken Fulk," 7 Aug. 2019 What if that ugly sound of leather hitting metal again reverberates across the lakefront? Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Why the Bears should keep an eye on Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik: ‘He’ll kick well enough for us to trade him'," 6 Aug. 2019 Isenhart said entries are divided into the show categories: additional media; ceramics; drawing, illustration, printmaking; enamel; fiber; glass; jewelry; leather; mixed media; painting; photography; sculpture/metalwork and wood. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Lakewood Arts Festival draws big crowds for 42nd annual event," 6 Aug. 2019 From bright, bold colors and printed knapsacks to sleek leather pieces, there's an option for any type of personality and style. Teen Vogue, "19 Trendy Backpacks for the 2019 School Year," 5 Aug. 2019 When Freeland wasn’t missing bats, his teammates weren’t missing with the leather. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Kyle Freeland notches first win at Coors Field since April as Rockies top Giants," 4 Aug. 2019 Markle has been spotted multiple times carrying Everlane’s stylish leather Day Market Tote, a perfect work bag that retails for only $175 (it’s been worn by other stars as well, such as Angelina Jolie). Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Most Budget-Friendly Looks—And 7 Ways to Shop Them," 4 Aug. 2019 This downtown fixture sports leather booths, a pool table and a chill vibe. James Charisma, Los Angeles Times, "A guide to Salt Lake City’s burgeoning bar scene," 3 Aug. 2019 Traditionally, leather was treated with oil or wax to waterproof boots. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Work Boots for Any Type of Job," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Behind the scenes, a trainer is waving his electric cattle prod or leather whip to make clear what will happen if the animals fail to obey. Frans De Waal, Discover Magazine, "Cheerful Chimps: Are Animals Really Happy When They Smile?," 31 May 2019 Some of the more popular ones are polished, honed and leathered. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "Countertops Limited Only by Your Budget and Imagination," 26 Dec. 2018 With no hesitation, the right back gallops up to the ball, before leathering it with untethered power back across the goal and into the corner. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 12 Weeks to Go - The Goal That Defined the Legendary 1970 Brazil Team," 1 Apr. 2018 As the half ticked on Zinedine Zidane's side's frustrations began to surface, but the 12-time kings of Europe levelled things up three minutes before the break, as Ronaldo leathered home from 12 yards to mark his 110th Champions League goal. SI.com, "Spurs Grind Out Well Deserved Draw on Disappointing Night for Real Madrid," 17 Oct. 2017 Leather purses sell for as little as $70 and handbags are available for $95. Elizabeth Paton And Chad Bray, New York Times, "Michael Kors to Buy Jimmy Choo in $1.2 Billion Deal," 25 July 2017 Made of everything from silk to shells and beads to leather the handbag collection was donated by Jean Nemer who collected them over the years. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego purse exhibit has women's history in the bag," 9 June 2017 Em Son is a thin, one-legged man with sun-leathered skin. Matthew M. Burke, Newsweek, "The Truth About the Lost Marines of the Vietnam War's Last Battle," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of leather

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for leather

Noun

Middle English lether, from Old English lether-; akin to Old High German leder leather, Old Irish lethar

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The first known use of leather was in the 13th century

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leather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leather

: animal skin that is chemically treated to preserve it and that is used in making clothes, shoes, furniture, etc.

leather

noun
leath·​er | \ ˈle-t͟hər How to pronounce leather (audio) \

Kids Definition of leather

: animal skin that is prepared for use

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